About a month ago, I began the laborious process of requesting books reviews for my sci-fi romance, Mated with the Cyborg, which was released on Tuesday. Soliciting reviews doesn’t mean recreating the wheel with each new release, but it does mean tightening and/or replacing missing spokes. I can never just hop in the wagon and go.
There is no standardized review submission process. Some reviewers use an online form. Others want to be emailed. Some want a lot of information about the book; others want only the basics. Some want the book at the time of request; other don’t want it until they accept the request. Just because they’ve reviewed your books in the past, doesn’t mean they’ll accept your current book. Seeking a book review is like applying for a job. You have to tailor your resume to the job.
Reviewer attrition occurs between releases.
Bloggers get burned out and stop reviewing/blogging. Some bloggers get pregnant, give birth and decide taking care of their baby is more important than reviewing books (go figure!) Others get overwhelmed by the volume of requests and temporarily stop accepting them until catch up. Others decide to only accept releases through Net Galley. So with every new release I have to find new reviewers to make up for the loss.
I crunched the numbers the other day. I estimate I get a 10 percent positive response to my request for reviews. Of the 10 percent that accept the book, 25-30 percent will actually review it. So, If my goal is to get 10 reviews, I need to make 400 book review requests. 400 x .1 x .25 = 10.
I can tell you that I don’t send out anywhere near 400 requests, but I do send out a lot, hoping to get a few.I assume other authors do the same. Slammed by requests, book bloggers turn down most requests, so authors send out more to compensate, so bloggers refuse more…it’s a vicious cycle.
I don’t know the solution. I do know that if you love to read and are willing to write a review, you will receive more books than you can handle. Every day will be like Christmas. Many, many sites are looking for reviewers. Contact them. Or start your own blog to reflect your personal reading tastes. If you build a blog, authors will come…
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Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out. Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death. His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission. Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?
Mated with the Cyborg is an action-packed erotic sci-fi romance between a man with a mission and a woman with a secret that jeopardizes their lives and the fate of the galaxy.
If you’re a reviewer and would like to request an ARC, email me at carabristol50 @ yahoo (dot) com. Be sure to include a link to your blog.